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Oil & Gas

Women ‘don’t understand’ fracking, claims leading scientist

The new chairwoman of UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG) has claimed women are opposed to fracking because they “don’t understand” it. Averil Macdonald made the remarks after research showed men are nearly twice as likely to support fracking. According to reports in the Times, the leading scientist said women were more likely to form their opinions on a “gut reaction”.


Shell Opinion: Inspiring teacher led me to become a woman in STEM

There has been a lot of talk recently about the ‘barriers to entry’ for girls studying science and mathematics at school. Whether it is not feeling smart enough, not knowing about the different career options or just not having the support and role models to encourage and inspire them to take that leap of faith to study science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, girls are not pursuing STEM careers in the same way boys are.


Opinion: Women in STEM – Real-life role models cannot be underestimated

At St Margaret’s School for Girls we read the article which showed a quarter of girls in Scotland aged between 11 and 16 do not think they are clever enough to become a scientist with great interest. In girls’ schools across the country it has long been acknowledged that building confidence and self-esteem in girls is key to their success in the classroom, particularly with regard to the uptake of science and maths. The number of our girls pursuing STEM subjects at university continues to be high and is in stark contrast with the figures released by EDF Energy today.


Opinion: Women on top!

I don’t know how many of you have noticed, but women are taking over at the top of the energy hierarchy in the UK. Whilst I’m still waiting for a female to topple various of the male-dominated fiefdoms that still rule in the boardrooms of oil majors and independents active on the UK Continental Shelf, five key trade, regulatory and government positions are now held by women. They are Amber Rudd ... newly appointed energy secretary, Susan MacKenzie (HSE), Maria McCaffery (RenewableUK), Dr Nina Skorupska (Renewable Energy Association) and Deirdre Michie (OGUK). This could do more than anything that has ever gone before to finally get some balance into the boardrooms and executives of the UK energy industry ... both upstream oil & gas and power generation. The shift should be welcomed. A bit less testosterone in the UK energy sector ought to be good for us all.


All-Energy 2015: More could be done to close gender and skills gap in renewable industry

A renewables group focused on encouraging more women into the sector is looking for further funding options. WiRES (Women in Renewables Energy Scotland) is looking at its next steps after funding from Close the Gap came to an end. Dr Abbe Brown, from the Centre for Energy Law, the University of Aberdeen said more needed to be done to encourage women and people generally to take up STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) subjects and close the skills gap within the industry.

Oil & Gas

Action is needed to get more women in energy industry boardrooms, report says

There are too few women entering, staying in and reaching the highest levels of the energy industry, a new report says. Professional services firm PwC and industry body POWERful Women (PfW) reveal research findings showing just 5% of executive boards seats among the top 100 UK-headquartered energy firms are held by women. More than three in five of the firms (61%) have no women on their boards at all.